Having the opportunity to budget in this economy is crucial. Having enough time to get students prepared for a new school year is important as well.

The later than usual weekend sales tax break on back-to-school supplies has made it difficult for families to do either.

This year, the much-anticipated date came this weekend, ending today - one day before area students head back to the classroom.

The timing of the tax-free “holiday” had families who like to prepare, rushing around buying supplies and new school clothes at the last minute. It’s nice that the state added so many new items to the list of tax-free items, but it would be nicer if next year they would move up the date, allowing families plenty of time to get their children’s items purchased and organized before a new school year begins.

—Stephenville Empire-Tribune

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